Wiring Rear Camera and LCD to cig lighters?

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shawn130c

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Car: 2006 Equinox with two accessory power outlets (front and rear).

LCD http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006MPRFJQ/...I2CN5EFJQB9V3A

Camera: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EHD8J6S/...0P60UVHH&psc=1


I realize the best way to do this would be to power the LCD by “permanently” tapping into switched power from the dash and reverse light for camera. In addition, I belive my rear outlet is always hot, so could run down the battery if not unplugged...

Though for install I am more interested it being easy to remove (except the camera). I am still not sure about how great the quality of stuff is, so wanted it easy to return but still don’t want to burn the car down.

So what is the best way to power the LCD and Camera using individual cig lighters? I found this:

Roadpro 12V Fused Replacement Cigarette Lighter Plug with Leads:http://www.amazon.com/Roadpro-Fused-...lug+with+Leads

So from what I can tell just plug these in, wire it up and I should be good to go, correct?

Is there a better way to do this, that is still easily removable?
 

Midwayman

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What kind of camera do you have? CMOS or CCD? cmos can be wired to backup lights, CCD should be ACC power. Or so I hear from people having issues with ccd wired to backup lights.
 

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Car: 2006 Equinox with two accessory power outlets (front and rear).

LCD http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006MPRFJQ/...I2CN5EFJQB9V3A

Camera: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EHD8J6S/...0P60UVHH&psc=1


I realize the best way to do this would be to power the LCD by “permanently” tapping into switched power from the dash and reverse light for camera. In addition, I belive my rear outlet is always hot, so could run down the battery if not unplugged...

Though for install I am more interested it being easy to remove (except the camera). I am still not sure about how great the quality of stuff is, so wanted it easy to return but still don’t want to burn the car down.

So what is the best way to power the LCD and Camera using individual cig lighters? I found this:

Roadpro 12V Fused Replacement Cigarette Lighter Plug with Leads:http://www.amazon.com/Roadpro-Fused-...lug+with+Leads

So from what I can tell just plug these in, wire it up and I should be good to go, correct?

Is there a better way to do this, that is still easily removable?

You can usually tap into the reverse signal to power the camera
 

shawn130c

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What kind of camera do you have? CMOS or CCD? cmos can be wired to backup lights, CCD should be ACC power. Or so I hear from people having issues with ccd wired to backup lights.

Camera: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EHD8J6S

The camera is CCD. Amazon reviews mention others just tape into the reverse light power. Instructions for the camera say this, which from what I can tell I should be able to power from a cig lighter (using the below adapter)

Easy Installation:
1. Mount the camera to your car's license plate area, back window, or any other suitable place
2. Adjust the lens of the camera to its best position.
3. Connect power wire (red and black) to your vehicle DC 12V power system.
4. Connect the video output (yellow wire) of the camera to the display in your vehicle.

Cig Adapter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016LG0CY
 

shawn130c

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You can usually tap into the reverse signal to power the camera

Yeah that would be the best way, but I forgot to mention that my monitor supports two camera inputs, so I had an idea of also using another camera in the front and then controlling it with a switch. This idea is not difficult, but I am not sure what parts I can use yet. So at this point, I am more looking to first see how this camera performs by being always on, without "permanently" wiring everything up yet.
 

Midwayman

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Camera: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EHD8J6S

The camera is CCD. Amazon reviews mention others just tape into the reverse light power. Instructions for the camera say this, which from what I can tell I should be able to power from a cig lighter (using the below adapter)

Easy Installation:
1. Mount the camera to your car's license plate area, back window, or any other suitable place
2. Adjust the lens of the camera to its best position.
3. Connect power wire (red and black) to your vehicle DC 12V power system.
4. Connect the video output (yellow wire) of the camera to the display in your vehicle.

Cig Adapter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016LG0CY

I couldn't tell you if its an issue with all CCD cameras, or just the particular HU and having the camera on turn on when the reverse lights come on. If you're not planning on wiring it in, easy enough to test and see how it works.
 

shawn130c

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I couldn't tell you if its an issue with all CCD cameras, or just the particular HU and having the camera on turn on when the reverse lights come on. If you're not planning on wiring it in, easy enough to test and see how it works.

Very true. Items have been ordered and should know more this Saturday. Thanks for the input, I may think of upgrading to a better HU and the info helps.
 

shawn130c

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Update: Install worked, everything seems to work fine running off the cig lighters.

Quick Review if anyone is interested.

LCD http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006MPRFJQ/...I2CN5EFJQB9V3A

LCD is decent but I feel a little small. Video quality is ok. I have it mounted to side of the center console and position so I can use the side mirrors and the LCD to assist in backing up into tight spots.

Though the rear view mirror option looks interesting but picture size is the same as my LCD, so detail is probably going to be worse, since it would be farther away for me.

Camera: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EHD8J6S/...0P60UVHH&psc=1

Camera is decent in daylight, ok in nighttime (no IR), but power wire is 20 gauge and both power/video wires are short. I mounted the camera to the trailer hitch cover, instead of trying to remove the plastic cover off the inside of the lift gate and snaking the wire through the license plate light hole. Though the hookups were not long enough to go across half the bumper and up a hole to the rear brake lights. So the connections/hookup for power/video is "exposed" in the rear plastic bumper. It is secure but not sure how well it will hold up in wet conditions.

Next, I am thinking of adding a camera to the front and working on some type of switch to turn on/off the cameras when wanted.

If anyone knows of a cheap retail option for a small automotive "control panel" with switches (so I just need to hookup the wires) or a way to protect the rca and power hookup for the camera, let me know.
 
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